Leica M-D (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M-D (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

Leica M-D (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera

B&H # LEMD262 MFR # 10945
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Product Highlights

  • 24MP Leica MAX Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro Image Processor
  • Minimalist Design; No Rear LCD Screen
  • Stills-Only Operation
  • Rangefinder Focusing
  • Optical 0.68x-Magnification Viewfinder
  • Manually-Controlled ISO 200-6400 Dial
  • Up to 3 fps Shooting, DNG File Recording
  • Brass Top Plate, No Red Leica Dot
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Leica M-D (Typ 262) overview

  • 1Description

Embodying Leica's philosophies in the most essential form, the M-D (Typ 262) is a digital rangefinder that heavily emphasizes manual control and room to concentrate solely on the scene at hand. By omitting virtually all automatic features as well as a rear LCD screen, the M-D's simplicity is its core attribute, and affords unencumbered access to the four basic elements of photography: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus. This simplicity is carried over to the operating aspects of the camera, including its manual rangefinder focusing mechanism, clear 0.68x-magnification optical viewfinder, and stills-only recording in the uncompressed DNG raw file format. Beyond handling and design, the M-D is, of course, also characterized by notable imaging performance aided by the full-frame MAX 24MP CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor that afford a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and up to 3 fps continuous shooting. Designed as a camera for the pure photographer, the M-D maintains Leica's dedication to their heritage in crafting simple yet highly functional tools as well as an admiration for the basic elements of photography itself.

M-D (Typ 262)
Clearly inspired by its sister model, the M (Typ 262), this M-D version is an even further pared-down rangefinder characterized by its minimalist design and simple interface. Featuring an all-black color scheme, the sleek camera body is also physically distinct by its omission of the Leica red dot as well as a classic brass top plate with historically inspired Leica engraving.

In regard to operation, the M-D is equally minimal due to its lack of a rear LCD screen, which has been replaced with a manual ISO selection wheel, as well as the omission of video recording and virtually all automated functions.
MAX 24MP CMOS Sensor and Maestro Image Processor
Benefitting the simple and clean design is a high-resolution full-frame 24MP Leica MAX CMOS sensor and Maestro image processor, which combine to deliver vivid image quality with minimal noise, smooth color and tonal gradations, and exceptional clarity. The combination of both these technologies also avails a continuous shooting rate of 3 fps, or 2 fps in single exposure mode, which works in conjunction with a 1GB buffer for sustained shooting up to 8 consecutive frames.

Utilizing the analog dials on the back and top of the camera, sensitivity can be adjusted, in 1/3 EV steps, from ISO 200 to 6400, and shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 8 seconds plus bulb for up to 1 minute, can be controlled. Aperture control is available on any attached M-mount lens, and an aperture priority setting can be utilized along with the in-camera heavily center-weighted exposure meter.
Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.68x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. The automatic image field limiter recalls pairs of bright lines depending on the lens attached: 35mm and 135mm; 28mm and 90mm; or 50mm and 75mm.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).
Body Design
  • Brass top plate maintains a classic feel and is complemented by an all-black lacquered finish for a svelte appearance.
  • The camera body is constructed from magnesium and aluminum alloys and finished with a black synthetic leather covering.
  • Quiet shutter mechanism benefits discreet, inconspicuous shooting methods.
  • Eschewing a rear LCD screen and video recording capabilities, this stills-only camera features few physical controls for exposure adjustment, including a rear ISO dial, top shutter speed dial, and a drive mode selector.
Other Camera Features
  • Leica M mount is compatible with a wide range of both current and legacy rangefinder lenses, ranging in focal length from 16mm to 135mm.
  • Images are exclusively recorded in the DNG format.
  • A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
In the Box
Leica M-D (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera
  • BP-SCL2 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1800 mAh)
  • BC-SCL2 Battery Charger for BP-SCL2 Li-Ion Battery
  • Carrying Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Leica M-D (Typ 262) specs

    Lens Mount Leica M
    Camera Format Full-Frame
    Pixels 24 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 5976 x 3992
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG
    Memory Card Type SD
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    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Viewfinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.68x
    Display Screen None
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 200-6400
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 8 - 1/4000 Second 
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 0 - 60 Second in Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 8 Frames in Raw Format
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Start-up Time 1 seconds
    Self Timer 12 Seconds
    Battery 1 x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1" / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm
    Weight 1.50 lb / 680 g with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.8 x 8.6 x 6.6"

    Leica M-D (Typ 262) reviews

    M-D (Typ 262) Digital Rangefinder Camera is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing take on a classic Yes, all the reviews in commercial publications are right. This camera is gorgeous and frustrating at the same time. The minute you handle it, undoubtedly it is a Leica. The weight, the shape, the handling all perfectly scream Leica. If you're a Leica film shooter, this will be a seamless transition. If on the other hand, you're a digital shooter, the lack of familiar gadgets and menus will drive you crazy. Breaking the desire to chimp is worse than quitting smoking. After a few hundred peeks at the ISO wheel, I just sank into the blissful simplicity of the lens where I shall remain for a long while. The M-D is perfect.
    Date published: 2016-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Less features, more experience. Great optics, solid materials, compact & quiet operation. In this case it's not about the camera. It's totally wrong to compare an rangefinder camera with a slr. In Leica philosophy it's all about the photographic experience and the joy of framing. This combined with the long traditional and craftsmanship. If you grew up in the discipline of an negative film, you gonna love this camera. If you love photography only because of the camera features, you'll be totally disappointed, because this camera have no features. In my opinion a great statement to not getting lost in common sense way of looking on today's photography.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from New take on the digital Leica M I already own a Leica M Typ 240 camera so I am very familiar with its operation, handling and performance. What attracted me to the M-D Typ 262 was the faster start-up and quieter shutter. It also turns out I don't use the HD video recording on the M Typ 240 that much and I was never a person so spends a lot of time 'chimping' when out taking pictures. A nice benefit to removing the rear LCD for the M-D Typ 262 is that is a little bit more comfortable in hand. When you hold the M-D, the portion of your palm under your thumb is not (for me) slightly pressing against the 4-way controller and removal of the LCD makes the back of the camera smooth and flush. The better performance comes from the fact Leica removed the sleep mode and associated electronics for video and the LCD, so the camera is very, very fast to start up and respond when shooting. With my M Typ 240 I found the camera would often fail to wake-up (continuous red LED, needing the battery to be removed) or the sluggishness coming out of sleep caused photo opportunities to be missed. The downside of the lack of sleep mode is that the battery will run down much quicker, since it is always on; even if the LEDs in the display and exposure meter shuts off. Also, the shutter is indeed slightly softer which is an improvement over the M Typ 240.
    Date published: 2016-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegance, Simplicity, Yet Challenging! I just got my M-D a couple of days ago, and what a camera. Yes, sometimes you have to pay a premium to NOT have functions, but to me it is worth it. I have been using and loving my Monochrom 246 for just over a year, and the M-D is a great complement to it. Sometimes it's tough to break long-established habits, and I am an admitted photographic chimper. Blame it on using digital cameras in my commercial photographic business for 15 of my 20 years in the profession (a high-pressure industry that depends on getting the photo and making sure that you got the photo), but I've caught myself reflexively looking at the back of the M-D after I've taken a photo with it. Look at the back of this camera, and the view you're rewarded with is not the image you just took, but the ISO dial. a beautiful, tactile and functional ISO dial. No, no menus to scroll through to set the ISO, but a dial. Just like the M2, M4, M6 and other venerable Leica models of the past. For me the 'challenge' comes from not being able to know that I honestly and truly 'got it', verified by instant technology and satisfying that nasty dependency on instant gratification. I have to rely upon the camera's ability as well as my own to effectively 'read' the scene, to capture the moment, to create what I see in my 'mind's eye'. Technology has a way of dulling that quality, and lulling us into complacency. The M-D takes that one essential ingredient we've depended upon for so long, and hands that responsibility and control back to us. Can we handle that responsibility? Are we up to the task? Quality-wise, the M-D is beautifully-made. It has a great weight to it, and definitely feels like the best digital M yet. Maybe it's just me, but the body feels thinner (I know in reality, it's not). Probably because there are no protruding buttons nor screen on the back. It all just feels so right. So yes, I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants to reach back, and yet also forward.
    Date published: 2016-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Last year I switched from a m4/3 system to film. After using several different 35mm and one medium format camera, I fell in love with the M6 TTL. I have two now. One for color and one for B&W. I bought the M-D because I like the M6 TTL so much, but do hate paying for development. I love the ergonomics of the M-D. I like film qualities better when light is ideal, but in poor light the M-D is more forgiving. I was disappointed to find banding at 3200 and 6400 iso, but only if pushed (even slightly) in Lightroom. Properly exposed, the pictures looked good even at 6400. I mostly prefer b&w photographs and that holds true for the M-D. I have yet to produce a color photograph from it that I love. The colors are flat and I can't improve them in Lightroom. B&W pictures look flat out of camera, but look great with a little manipulation. I did not think I would like the M-D after using the M240. I figured the M-D would be large and bulky like I found the M240 to be. The opposite was true. The M-D feels very similar to my M6. It is a pleasure to hold and use. In short, the sensor isn't perfect, but overall I love this camera. I do wish it was cheaper and lighter though. Perhaps a future version will be.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No 'electric black tape' required Awesome camera for those who love using their film M Leica... I took test shots and immediately fell in love with it. Feels like holding my 1961 Leica M3. Hobbyist photographer for over 35 years in the LA/OC area in CA.
    Date published: 2016-05-09
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